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Found lots of rubble under grass

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 08:12

If it's a new build I would check with your solicitor about removal of rubble from site.  It used to be the case that no top soil was to be removed from site but all builders rubble must be.  Many builders seem to think it's the other way round!

If you solicitor confirms that rubble should have been removed your initial step should then be to contact the developer to sort it out.  If that fails consider the small claims court.

Lily 'bulblets'

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:30

Thanks Mike.  Very informative.

Lily 'bulblets'

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 18:19

I'm planning to shift the main bulbs from the pots into the borders.  Can I just put the little uns in as well or should they be potted up?

Lily 'bulblets'

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 15:43

I left my oriental lilies in their pots over winter and now, dozens of small red bulblets have started to shoot.  What should I do with them.  I've grown lilies in pots for a number of years but never seen anything like this before.

Does anyone talk to their plants?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 20:46

I've never talked to my plants.  I used to swear at the weeds but that just seemed to encourage them.

Monty don new presenter for Chelsea

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 08:51

The introduction of Sophie Raworth and other non-gardeners is just more evidence of the dumbing down of TV.  I have no problem with the inclusion of enthusiastic amateurs but for somebody to state they basically aren't interested in gardening and then present this seems perverse.

Somewhat different with Richard Hammond as he's been wildlife mad all his life.  That said I thought "Africa Live" or whatever it was called was rubbish - not his fault.  Whoever thought it would be a good idea to have a live show like that, on peak time evening TV, from an area 3 or 4 hours ahead of us?  It's dark then you numpties!!!

garden centres vs garden nursery's

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 08:44

Another alternative when seeking unusual plants is visiting Yellow Book gardens.  I've obtained a lot of unusual plants that way over the years.

I should make it clear that I mean many places have plants for sale - I not advocating my mother-in-laws method of helping herself to 'cuttings' !!

saving condensate water

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 08:42

I've not heard the suggestion about condensate water going to a soakaway before.  Very few people will have access to one.  I can see the logic, just don't see it as a practical option for most people.

Okay to place water butt against house wall?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 08:39

There would be logic in applying a waterproof sealant to a rendered wall if the render itself is cracked or damaged in any way.  If the render is sound it would seem to be overkill.  Just make sure there is a gap between the waterbutt and the wall.

fill hole where pond was

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 08:34

How to fill will depend to an extent on the size and depth of the pool and the material available.  I filled in a large pond approx 18' x 6' x 2' deep by dumping the stone previously used for edging in the bottom along with any other rubble I could find for the bottom 12", topped that with soil from raised beds around the pool and soil from other areas of the garden where I wanted to change the levels.

Landgirl100 makes an important point about leaving the ground to settle.  I actually did the work in the autumn and then left over 2 winters i.e. about 18 months before doing anything with it.  That was to allow the soil time to be taken down around the stones.  If you will completely with soil, 12 months should be fine.

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Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
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Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
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Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
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.... what a disappointment 
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